Runway Report: Schiaparelli SS17 Couture

Paris Haute Couture kicked off with a stunner of a show from the legendary house of Schiaparelli.  Iconic symbols long associated with the 1930s and 40s designs of Madame Schiaparelli – hearts, padlocks, surrealist portraits and even a lobster(!) – were cleverly interwoven with a nuanced Asian theme, giving an updated Schiaparelli wink to the refinement of Haute Couture. The rich elegance of Chinoiserie – a treacherous reference that can often result in costumes rather than couture – provided the imaginative inspiration behind the 31 looks presented for Spring/Summer 2017.

A healthy dose of prints and patterns, often rendered in super-saturated colors, spilled across the freshness of white fabrics and the delicacy of sheer metallics, creating a bold mix. The beloved Japanese kimonos and Chinese hanfu robes often worn at home by Elsa Schiaparelli were recalled in the patchwork prints, elaborate floral appliqués and sumptuous jacquards. These sensuous touches served to subtly contrast the structured separates that were shown, as did the diaphanous touches of pleated silk and burnout velvet chiffon. Oriental embroidery and shimmering beadwork added an injection of glamour to this collection, an eye-catching New Year reminder about the excellence of French craftsmanship and the true wearable nature of Haute Couture now.


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A fashion stylist, event designer, and style writer, Lucas Somoza has a keen eye for all things beautiful. Based in Paris, Lucas regularly collaborates with Olivia throughout Paris Fashion Week, producing editorials and contributing reviews of designer collections. You can follow Lucas on Instagram at @LucasSomoza.